Tips & Tricks

Turn Look-Ups Into Learning

Did you know that you can add words to a Vocabulary List directly from the Vocabulary.com Dictionary? You can, and here's how:

On the definition page for any word, click “Add to List” on the top right, and you’ll see a drop down menu of all the Vocabulary Lists you’ve created. Select one, and the word you’re reading about will be added to that list. 

This feature can be very useful. For instance, if you store all your lookups in a List called "Words I Look Up," you’ll be able to revisit those words and even learn that list all at once. Adding words to Lists right from the Dictionary comes in handy if you're just checking spelling, too. Create a List called “Words I’ve Looked Up for Spelling” and you can teach yourself their spellings quickly and easily in a Vocabulary.com Spelling Bee.

You can also use this feature to create a new Vocabulary List. Say you just started reading The Great Gatsby and, while looking up pungent in the first chapter, you realize you’d like to start creating a Great Gatsby Vocabulary List. You'll notice that when you click "Add to List" on pungent's Dictionary page, the drop down menu that appears includes a “New List....” option. Select it to get started building a List with that word.

That's it. Now you know how to turn look-ups into learning!

P.S. Wouldn't all of this be easier if you could guarantee that every time you looked up a word, its meaning would stick in your brain forever? Read Can Forgetting Help You Learn? and The Forgetting Curve to find out why the brain doesn't work this way.

P.P.S. Or read  Target Words You Know You Don't Know to find out about using the "Learn" button to schedule a word you've looked up into your Challenge queue. 


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